From Cotton Belt to Sunbelt: Federal Policy, Economic Development, and the Transformation of the…

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byBruce J. Schulman

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This is a carefully executed study of the effects of federal economic policy in transforming the American South from the time of the New Deal to the present. Decrying the South's economic backwardness and political conservatism, the Roosevelt Administration launched a series of aggressiveprograms to reorder the Southern economy. A generation of young liberal Southerners entered the national government to preside over these policies. After 1950, however, Keynesianism replaced New Deal reform as the mainstay of national economic policy, and the national security state supplanted thesocial welfare state as the South's principal benefactor. Schulman here contrasts the diminished role of national welfare programs in the postwar South with the expansion of military and growth-oriented programs, analyzing their contributions to the South's remarkable economic growth, and theexcruciating limits of that prosperity. Schulman ultimately relates these developments to Southern politics and race relations. A forcefully argued work, From Cotton Belt to Sun Belt will be an invaluable addition to the literature, and an essential guide to students and scholars of federal policyand modern Southern history.

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Investigating the effects of federal economic policies, From Cotton Belt to Sunbelt is an analysis of the South's remarkable odyssey from what President Roosevelt called the 'Nation's No. 1 Economic Problem' in the 1930s to the Sunbelt of the 1970s. Decrying the South's economic backwardness and political conservativism, the Roosevelt ...

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This is a carefully executed study of the effects of federal economic policy in transforming the American South from the time of the New Deal to the present. Decrying the South's economic backwardness and political conservatism, the Roosevelt Administration launched a series of aggressiveprograms to reorder the Southern economy. A ge...

Bruce J. Schulman is at University of California at Los Angeles.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.57 × 6.5 × 1.18 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Investigating the effects of federal economic policies, From Cotton Belt to Sunbelt is an analysis of the South's remarkable odyssey from what President Roosevelt called the 'Nation's No. 1 Economic Problem' in the 1930s to the Sunbelt of the 1970s. Decrying the South's economic backwardness and political conservativism, the Roosevelt Administration launched a series of aggressive programs to reorder the Southern economy. After 1950, however, Keynesianism replaced New Deal reform as the mainstay of national economic policy, and the national security state supplanted the social welfare state as the South's principal benefactor.

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"Provide[s] a grand and satisfying synthesis of many strands and sources. Highly recommended, especially for collections strong in southern history or in US economic development."--Choice